The resolution is aimed at countering anti-EU media campaigns and misinformation ostensibly spread by both nations and non-state entities, including Russia and Daesh. The document says that the Russian government is allegedly "aggressively employing a wide range of tools and instruments" to weaken the European Union.
Jimenez described the initiative as an "absurdity."
"This is not only an attack on specific media outlets, but also an attempt to curb the freedom of information of the EU citizens. Evidently, it is not enough for them to abolish these media outlets. They want to embarrass them in the eyes of the international community," he said.
The journalist credited both media outlets with providing information that has helped those interested to broaden their understanding of the world, key global trends and major event. He also mentioned that corporate media in the West cover stories through a single lens.
The resolution is based on a report authored by Anna Fotyga, a Polish member of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group.
Jimenez also mentioned an incident, involving US State Department spokesperson John Kirby and RT journalist Gayane Chichakyan, as another case in point. During a press briefing, Kirby said that he was not "going to put Russia Today on the same level" with "independent media outlets" after Chichakyan asked for specific details regarding the claims made by the department about Russian forces allegedly carrying out strikes against hospitals in Syria.
"At the same time these so-called 'independent' media outlets are never covering stories that could hurt the image of the West. This is why their readers have an incomplete picture of what is happening," he said, adding that sometimes they publish distorted information.
Jimenez also said that it was absurd to blame Russian media for allegedly destabilizing the situation in the European Union.
"Are they the ones to blame for growing poverty in the EU? Are they the ones lowering wages and cutting jobs? Are they the ones making medical care and education unaffordable? Don't the authors of this initiative think that those who are really responsible for these things are located significantly closer to Europe? One can only say that instead of tackling the issues themselves the EU leadership is fighting against the media outlets that cover these topics," he lamented.